Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sketch from Tofino

Star, our fur baby (see photo below) is sick.  Kennel cough.  So rather than go out to my studio to paint I am nearby to assist if he gets into a coughing spurt.

The sketch is a cluster of trees I kept coming back to.

Below, I put it through the Value Viewer app to show the grid for the painting layout.  Next step is to decide on the colors.  I think the blues and green with not so much orange and yellow.  We will see once I get started the painting seems to talk to me and it could end up totally different.  That's the beauty of it.  A mystery and puzzle to solve.

Star finally sleeping after coughing all night.  Turns out honey is a good suppressant. Wish I'd known that last night.  I also bought some beef bouillon to put in his water so that he'll drink and not get dehydrated.  Worked like a charm.  So good to see him sleeping.  Yes, that's our couch or should I say his couch!

Blessings for a great weekend.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Jewel Tones Oil painting by Bente Hansen

Jewel Tones 12x12 Oil on Gessobord  $150

The self inflicted challenge for me this weekend was to take the image of the acrylic painting below and do it in a manner that has more oomph.

I like the acrylic painting.  I had a lot of fun doing it with all the lines and drops of color.  I couldn't quite figure out if there was something missing so I put the acrylic up high where I would normally put my reference photo and decided to tackle a new painting with all the beautiful transparent colors that we have been using in Dreama's course. My favorite at the moment is Rembrandt's Transparent Red Medium. Love this color.  Echoing Dreama with "make the darks darker "than you think you need.  You can add the opaques later.

I like the result.  I also took a photo of the new painting and ran it through the Value Viewer App that I have on my iPad and iPhone.  The black and white image in the levels mode was perfect.  Gotta use all the tools at hand.

Blessings for a great week.


The painting will be available on tomorrow

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

Commission 40X40 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas  Sold

This was such a joy to paint.  I haven't tackled a large canvas for a while and to be able to move and splash on the color and then place layers of thick color and texture over it.  So much fun.

Blessings for a great day.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Charity Oil on Canvas by Bente Hansen

Charity 8x8 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

This painting is going into a charity auction.  Just got notice it was due next week so had to get with it and stop fooling around.  Isn't it amazing what a deadline can do.  I think I don't have time or can't do it and then suddenly I just set my mind to it and there it is.

I love the combination of the red and teal.  Hope it goes well for the charity and the cause.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Daisy oil painting by Bente Hansen

Daisy 12x12 Oil on Gessobord

This is the fifth painting that I've done following Dreama's online course.  I have changed it up eliminating a ribbon, putting a Daisy in instead.  Love her colors and technique.

Blessings for a great day.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fall Dance Oil by Bente Hansen

Fall Dance 12x12 Oil on Canvas

I am currently working on a 40x40 commission and started this one as a warm up to the larger one.  I love the curve of the trunk and the colors.  Of course it turned out that the two paintings are very different.  The actual yellow is more buttery yellow than what appears to be lemon yellow here.

Happy Halloween.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Big Sky Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

Big Sky 9X12 Oil on Premium Quality Gessobord $100

This is the sketch I started from.

We have always loved the ocean which is how we have ended up here in Powell River.  The sketch above is from Tofino but the water and sky are so similar here.  I am playing with the rich oil colors that I have to see if I can catch some of the many moods that we look at.

Blessings for a great day.